In a few moments you'll meet Rosa. Rosa is a 39-year old single mother with rheumatoid arthritis
whose disease has been steadily progressing since her diagnosis 4 months ago. Rosa is very busy
taking care of her 2-year old daughter, Jasmine, who needs constant attention, but she realizes that
she needs to find time to learn about rheumatoid arthritis so that she can make a decision about
whether Methotrexate is right for her.
About rheumatoid arthritis
Understanding how rheumatoid arthritis works can be helpful when deciding whether a treatment
is right for you. From Rosa, we learn that rheumatoid arthritis or RA most commonly affects
people between the ages of 25 and 50, and is more common in women.
We also learn that RA is an autoimmune disease, which means that Rosa's immune system is
reacting against her own joints; causing pain, swelling, and fatigue.